Wednesday 2nd November was the official launch of the wonderful art installation opposite the new Titsey Brewing site at Clarks Lane Farm. The installation is part of a series put together by Surrey Hills Arts ( www.surreyhillsarts.org ) along the North Downs Way in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The concept is to connect people to this special landscape, its history, views and natural materials. The Coccolith installation fits this aim perfectly. It is inspired by the microscopic creatures that formed the chalk escarpment 65 million years ago and is built using traditional dry-stone wall techniques incorporating white limestone as a hardy alternative for chalk and stunning ironstone rocks. These have been handpicked from the Moorhouse sandpits visible on the other side of the valley. Visitors will be able to take advantage of the 5 cantilevered stone style seats to absorb the same views that will be enjoyed from the forthcoming Titsey Taproom across the road.
The picture shows the two artists, Trish Evans and Nick Humphreys from Instar, who designed the Coccolith. Trish is holding forth about the project whilst clasping an invigorating glass of Titsey Gresham Hopper, thereby demonstrating the connection between the natural and the human histories of the Titsey Estate.